Do you want to surprise your guests with something they will never forget? One of the effects of this flower, when you eat it, is that it sleeps the mouth. Do you dare? The electric flower is a gastronomic experience for the senses.
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The Buzz buttons or Acmella oleracea are also known as Sichuan flowers. This plant has its origin in Brasil and has the particularity that it has no petals. But the most impressive of the electric flower is the numb sensation that it gives when you eat it.
When you eat this flower, there are several phases that occur on the palate: it gives you a “cramp” (soft or strong, depending on the sensitivity of each person), your mouth falls asleep, you begin to feel “tingling” and an intense freshness that floods the whole mouth. But the most impressive effect of the electric flower is that it intensifies the flavours of everything that is consumed after this flower. A whole tsunami of sensations concentrated in an edible flower!
A curious fact about this flower is that the active principle of oral anaesthesia is extracted from it.
This flower is perfect for a cocktail. It is mainly used to combine with Gin tonics, because of the contrast of flavours and the explosion of sensations. But it can also be used for salads, creams and soups or for any type of meat.
In Innoflower we also recommend using this flower for the preparation of biscuits. To do this, you should make powder with the whole electric flower and mix it with the dough.
The component that makes the electric flower have anaesthetic properties, as well as antimicrobial, vasodilator and antioxidant is spilantol. In some cultures such as the Thai one, its leaves are used because of all its analgesic effect.
To use this flower in the kitchen, the first thing to do is to wash it well, as, despite the selection we make in the workshop, some insect or “bug” can be found. In addition, when washing them we remove dust, soil or other natural components that may come from the field.
From Innoflower we encourage you to take a look at our blog, where you will not only find articles about the world of edible flowers, but also simple recipes that you can make at home and surprise your guests.
Cooking with flowers is simple and fun. Dare to “flower-up” your recipes!